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Kemba Walker highlights: Watch All-Star's best plays with Hornets, Celtics

Kemba Walker highlights: Watch All-Star's best plays with Hornets, Celtics

Type "Kemba Walker" into any YouTube or Google search. Chances are you'll find one video pretty quickly.

You know the one: A fresh-faced Walker drills a lethal stepback jumper at the buzzer at Madison Square Garden to help the UConn Huskies oust Pittsburgh from the 2010 Big East Tournament.

 

But the undersized point guard from the Bronx wasn't done making highlight reels.

Drafted ninth overall by the Hornets in 2011, Walker played eight stellar seasons in Charlotte, making three All-Star teams and leaving in 2019 as the franchise leader in points scored.

The Hornets weren't exactly appointment viewing during Walker's tenure, making the playoffs just twice while playing in a small market with limited national exposure.

That's a shame, because this dude can BALL.

As Walker returns to his first NBA home Thursday night, we decided to resurface some of his best highlights from his Charlotte days to make Celtics fans appreciate just what they have in the 29-year-old.

Let's with a sometimes-overlooked aspect of Walker's game: his defense.

   

Poor Jose Calderon.

What aren't overlooked are Walker's legendary handles. Here's a supercut of his most lethal crossovers with the Hornets, which took victims like Giannis Antetokounmpo and Derrick Rose:

 

You already knew "Cardiac Kemba" was clutch from his UConn days. This video of Walker's 10 most clutch buckets with the Hornets provides further proof -- and includes the dagger he drilled vs. the Celtics last November.

 

If you're not highlighted out, below is a compilation of Walker's top plays from his best season as a pro, a 2018-19 campaign during which he averaged 26.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.

 

Walker already has given Celtics fans a taste of his basketball wizardry, averaging 26.0 points through six games in Boston and scoring 30-plus points in three of those six contests. Check out some of his top plays in green below.

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Bryce Brown hits franchise 3's record in Red Claws loss

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Bryce Brown hits franchise 3's record in Red Claws loss

The Maine Red Claws were in action at home at the Portland Expo Center on Saturday night hosting the Delaware Blue Coats, taking a 128-123 loss to fall to 7-4 and fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

Tacko Fall wasn’t in action, but Bryce Brown was simply furious, leading all scorers with 43 points 15 of 17 from the floor overall and a franchise single-game record 11 of 11 three-pointers. Tremont Waters was terrific, too, with 18 points and 11 assists.

HIGHLIGHTS

BRYCE BROWN

Brown, an undrafted free agent who helped lead Auburn to its first Final Four appearance last spring, was simply unconscious for the Claws. He shot a perfect 11 of 11 from three-point range to give him an absurd effective field goal percentage of 1.2 for the game.

TREMONT WATERS

Waters, the Connecticut native, was crafty in his distribution, with just four turnovers to go with his 11 assists.

Yante Maten (18 points), Vincent Poirier (18) and Justin Bibbs (10) also scored in double-figures for the Red Claws.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Red Claws return to action Friday in Des Moines, Iowa to face the Iowa Wolves, with tipoff at 8 p.m. ET.

Don’t miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Cavaliers, which tips off Monday at 6:30 p.m. ET with Celtics Pregame Live, then Mike & Scal have the call of the game at 7:30 p.m. You can also stream the game through the MyTeams App.

Happy birthday, Larry Bird!

Happy birthday, Larry Bird!

Anytime is a good time to watch highlights of the greatness that was Larry Bird playing for the Celtics.

But on Larry Legend's 63rd birthday? It's time to break out the best of No. 33...

The fight with Dr. J in 1984:

The 60-point game against the Hawks in '85:

The steal against Isiah Thomas and the Pistons in '87:

The "you are watching was greatness is all about" duel with Dominique Wilkins in '88:

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Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Cavaliers, which tips off Monday at 7 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live, and then Tommy & Mike have the call at 7:30 p.m. You can also stream the game on the MyTeams App.